"Glasses are like haircuts: we do not choose that from our neighbor but the one that suits us, changes us, the one we like or the one that gives us confidence... one that simply allows us to be ourselves in all circumstances."
Such is the founding principle of Francis Klein, a family-run Parisian eyeglass manufacturer paying a visit to Portland on Friday March 29 at the Reynolds Optical Co. downtown in the form of a trunk show (800 SW Alder, 12-6 pm).
It's a rare opportunity to see these highly stylized (uh, not for plain black and wire rim-types) pieces—which are interesting objects apart from their function—as a complete collection outside of France. A little brand history:
In the 1970s, Francis Klein, optician by profession, opened his shop in the seventh arrondissement of Paris. Fairly quickly disappointed by the lack of original products on the market, he decided to create his own models, assisted by his wife Michele, interior designer.
Marriage in life and in the glasses world of technical and artistic senses leads to a type of plastic frames quickly noticed and adopted by the fashion scene, fond of the originality of the product and an sensitivity in terms of colour work unknown until then.
On the wave of the flourishing success, Francis Klein glasses are also exposed in fashion shows (especially in the early days of First Class) and in optical shows, whether in Europe, United States or even in Japan, where they meet success, Francis Klein also being among the first French glasses designers to have crossed the threshold of the Asian market.
Subsequently, yet logically, the adventure goes further with the two daughters of the family, Betty and Dixie. Their training, one in styling and optics, the other in international trade, combine perfectly to continue the family saga, and in 2003 they opened the flagship store and the showroom in the Saint Germain des Prés district.
Go on and embrace your eccentricity, four-eyes!
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